Authorisation to Import Animals or Restricted Materials - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this authorisation to import an animal or restricted material into Tasmania. There are two types of authority:

  • General Authority: this authority authorises the importation of animals or restricted material of a class specified in the General Authority in accordance with conditions
  • Special Authority: this authority authorises the person to whom it is issued to import animals or restricted materials of a class specified in the Special Authority in accordance with conditions.

An animal means the following:

  • any mammal, bird, fish, shellfish and insect
  • any egg, embryo, ova or sperm from the above
  • any carcass or part of a carcass from the above.

Restricted material means the following:

  • a disease agent
  • any animal material declared by the Minister to be restricted material.

It is strongly recommended that you consult the Contact Officer for more information on import requirements before importing any animals or restricted materials into Tasmania.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

You will be required to comply with conditions specified in the General Authority or Special Authority. Conditions that may relate to matters such as:

  • inspection, testing and treatment
  • isolation
  • quarantine
  • certification of identity, health status, travel arrangements or history
  • purpose of importation
  • risk of disease.

This authorisation will not be granted if the animal or restricted material is infected with a disease.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


General Authority remains in force until revoked. Special Authority has effect for a period of up to 12 months.



Special Authority.

Other resources



Please lodge your application directly with the Agency.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Biosecurity Tasmania

Act(s) name

Animal Health Act 1995 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Animal Health Regulations 2016 (Tasmania)

Supporting information


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